PRESTON, Md. (AP) — Nine fishermen from Texas and Delaware are facing charges for fishing in an off-limits area in Maryland’s Choptank River. 

Maryland Natural Resources Police say the nine are charged with illegally fishing in a spawning area. 

Four were charged on April 9 and five more the next day after officers received a tip about illegal fishing. 

Natural Resources Police say the fishermen face up to $1,500 in fines for each fish. A May 13 court date was scheduled in Caroline County District Court on the charges. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Take their boats, cars & homes. That will send a strong message.

  2. Bullfrog says:

    They each should receive the fullest punishment the laws permit including but not limited to permanently losing their fishing/hunting license. I hope the fines are not combined or reduced in accordance to the number of fish they each If these creeps want to cause that kind of destruction to our environment and waterways them let them do it in their own states of residence not ours. The laws are there to protect and preserve the fish for our future and the future of others who enjoy the sport of fishing without breaking any laws. I am so looking forward to seeing the names of these creeps printed in the paper and hopefully it will also be carried in their hometown papers.

  3. Doug says:

    No one likes a cheater.
    Have them all processed into Soylent Green wafers,
    and let that be a lessen that their kin folk can chew on.

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